Sunday 25 February 2018

Rassie Erasmus and Munster assistant Jacques Nienaber could be gone by August - report

Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus. Photo: Sportsfile
Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus. Photo: Sportsfile
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Independent.ie Newsdesk

Rassie Erasmus could be director of rugby with the Springboks as early as August, according to a report in South Africa.

The Irish Independent's Cian Tracey revealed last week  that Erasmus has triggered the six-months' notice clause in his contract and according to a report in the Afrikaans weekly newspaper Rapport, he will bring Jacques Nienaber with him to act as a defence coach.

It is understood that Munster had offered the Erasmus' position to Nienaber but he looks set to return as well.

According to the report, current Springbok head coach Allister Coetzee would remain in place but would report to Erasmus.

The report claims that attempts have been made since last December to lure Erasmus back to South Africa after a disappointing 2016 for the Boks.

The report claims: 'Due to his strong ties with Munster and the success he has achieved at the province over the past 12 months, Munster is likely to release him as soon as Erasmus has found a suitable substitute for his position. He will then have the opportunity to explain his decision to the Munster players.'

According to the speculation, Erasmus could be in place for South Africa's first Rugby Championship Test in August against Argentina in Port Elizabeth.

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